Writing Center

The Writing Center at ORU is a free service. It is intended primarily for students in composition classes, but is available to any ORU student who needs help with academic writing. It is located on the 5th floor of the library, and is open M-F 8:45am – 5:00pm. Walk-in assistance is available on a limited basis, but students are recommended to make an appointment. To make an appointment:

  1. Go to Vision.
  2. Log in with your user name and password.
  3. Click on Student Services and Financial Aid.
  4. Click on Writing Center Tutoring.
  5. First time users will need to create a new account.
  6. After creating your new account, click on “To continue, click here.”
  7. Once that is finished, look for tutoring times that work with your schedule. Click on the white space for that time.
  8. If you wish to make those appointments repeat at that time slot for the rest of the semester, click on “Repeat Appointment” under “Time”. Check repeat every “1” and “week.” (You will see a box below with a check in the selected day of the week). Please change the calendar date to reflect the end of the semester.
  9. When finished, log out.
  10. Remember: each of your sessions last 50 minutes, even on Tuesday and Thursday, when classes are usually longer. You cannot change the times for your appointments on the sign in page. Appointment times are as follows:
    M/W/F: 8:50, 9:50. 10:50, (except during chapel), 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15, 4:15
    T/R: 8:50, 9:50, 10:50, 11:50, 12:50, 1:50, 2:50, 3:50
Writing Center

Services Provided

At the Writing Center, tutors will work with you individually to help you improve your writing skills. This generally involves reading over a paper together with you, identifying areas you can improve, and providing suggestions for further practice. Since this process is most effective during a face-to-face meeting with a tutor in the Writing Center, you may not drop off a paper (either in hard-copy or electronically).

Also, keep in mind that the tutors do not proofread your paper line-by-line, nor do they correct mistakes for you. For example, a tutor might point out a pattern of errors in the use of commas, look at one or two examples with you, and then let you revise the rest of the essay.

Other Services Available

  • Writer’s Workbench: This computer program is installed on 10 computers in the Writing Center, and is available to any ORU students on-site. The program identifies areas you may need to polish, such as punctuation, or overuse of the verb “to be.”
  • Many self-help tutorial exercises are available in hard-copy at the Writing Center. Students can complete these exercises on their own, and then go over their answers with tutors.

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Employment Opportunities

Writing Center

Tutoring positions are open for students who:

  • are eligible for work study;
  • have demonstrated superior academic writing skills; and
  • are interested in mentoring fellow students.

If you are interested in becoming a writing tutor, please contact Prof. Barbara Law at blaw@oru.edu or at (918) 495-7013.